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Eagles Edge out Aggies in Conference Matchups

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 01/29/2018 Addison Munsch added 21 points for Panhandle State versus Southwestern Christian Saturday at Anchor D Arena.-Beverly Hintergardt photoAddison Munsch added 21 points for Panhandle State versus Southwestern Christian Saturday at Anchor D Arena.-Beverly Hintergardt photo

Goodwell, Okla.—Southwestern Christian University took home two SAC road wins Saturday, after defeating both Aggie basketball teams at Anchor D Arena. The women's team fell by ten points 75-65, and the Aggie men took a 19-point loss to the Eagles 99-80.

The Panhandle State women opened strong, taking a 17-9 lead by the end of the first period. The Eagles bounced back to claim the advantage at halftime after owning the second quarter 21-10. Both teams came out shooting after the break with the Aggies averaging 69.2 percent from the field and the Eagles averaging 53.3 percent. Panhandle held a one-point lead (55-54) going into the final period, but SCU secured a fourth-quarter shutdown and held the Aggies to a 28.6 percent shooting average and ten points from the field. The Eagles added a Sooner Athletic Conference win to their records and dropped the Aggies to a 3-8 standing in conference play.

Addison Munsch led the team in scoring with 21 points and held the game-high in assists with five. Munsch was the only Aggie to score in double digits followed by Madison Dearmin who was the team leader in rebounds with eight and scored nine points as the second-leading scorer. Naomi Rodriguez made a strong showing off the bench going 3-3 from the field and 3-4 at the line. SCU's Eliora Johnson earned a double-double with game highs in both scoring (25 points) and rebounds (16 boards).

Panhandle State Head Women's Basketball Coach Victor Esparza expressed thoughts on the team's performance, "We got off to a great start and I thought we played good on offense. We took care of the ball this game, but I felt like our defense let us down this game. It had been carrying us all year and we just weren't able to get enough stops." With sights set on post-season participation Esparza concluded, "We will get back to work and continue to work hard to get into the playoffs."

The men's game was a physical bout that saw the Aggies edge into a seven-point (20-13) lead within the first eight minutes of the game. By the end of the first half the advantage had shifted to the Eagles, who outscored their opponents 37-19 in the final 12 minutes of the first period. SCU stole the show in the second half, gaining as much as a 23-point edge after the break. For the game, the Aggies averaged 34 percent shooting and went 28.9 percent from three-point range (11-38). The Eagles averaged 59 percent from the field and 50 percent beyond the arc.

Tyler Pate had a strong outing with a game-high of 27 points, including five threes and 6-7 shots from the line. Pate gathered five boards, one block and one steal and offered up three assists in the game. Freshman DK Sumo also stood out for the Aggies, scoring 18 points and pulling down four rebounds against the Eagles. Freshman Nathan Thompson came in big at the boards after halftime and finished as the game-leader in rebounds with eight. Chandler Bryer led the game in assists with five.

Panhandle State's men stand 4-7 within the SAC and both Aggie teams now hold 11-8 records on the season. The Aggies take to the road this week, playing Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday, Feb. 1 and Southwestern Assemblies of God in Waxahachie on Saturday, Feb. 3. The teams return home on Thursday, Feb. 8 for an SAC matchup against two top-ranked conference opponents from Oklahoma City University.

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